Cuttack: Arguably the most dangerous opening batsman ever to play for India, Virender Sehwag has no qualms in stating that his Kings XI Punjab teammate Glenn Maxwell, who has been tormenting bowlers in the ongoing IPL-7, is more destructive than him and even Chris Gayle.
Maxwell, who scored 38-ball 90 in Kings XI Punjab's win over Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday has proved to be the most feared batsman in this edition of the Indian Premier League and has already notched up three 90-plus scores in the tournament.
Asked if the Australian's top-notch batting reminds him of his heydays, Sehwag responded in negative. "No, no. I was not that destructive. I was a bit, but not that much," Sehwag was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
Talking about what he likes the most about Maxwell's batting, Sehwag said, "I don't think he is worried about his game; he's more worried about golf and practises more golf than cricket.
Glenn Maxwell en route his 38-ball 90 against CSK on Wednesday. Pic/PTI
He just goes out there in the middle, gives his 100 percent out there and comes back happily with whatever he gets." When asked who is more destructive when on song – Maxwell or Gayle, the Delhi-based player replied, "I think Maxwell. He and Miller. If the two of them get going, it becomes very difficult for the bowling side because if one misses a ball, the other makes up for it with a six."
'I will score big'
Sehwag, who scored 23-ball 30 against CSK said the best is to yet to come from his blade. "Not yet. The best is yet to come. I am striking the ball well and would like to continue to contribute to the team. I have been scoring 20s and 30s, but now it is time to score like the way Maxwell has been doing.
Hopefully, in the coming games I will score big," he said. "Today, I was a bit unlucky; I got an edge and it went on to hit the wicket. In the coming games, I will try to be a little more careful and not do anything rash after getting a start and concentrate a bit more," he added.